The top has finally come off Audi’s new A5 with the premiere of the Cabriolet. Arriving in European dealerships in March 2017 the new convertible promises more space, less noise, and—like its hardtop brethren—more power and efficiency.
Thanks to a new chassis that’s geometrically designed to be lighter and stronger, the new A5 Cabriolet is 40% stiffer than the outgoing model and nearly 90 lbs lighter (3,725 lbs). In fact, it’s stiffer than any of its competitors, despite being among the lightest in its segment.
Despite that, comfort and safety haven’t been sacrificed. The head-thorax airbags will keep your melon in one piece in the event of a rollover, and extending aluminum profiles will keep the rest of you from being squished. That’s even if collision avoidance, turn assist, park assist, rear cross traffic assist, exit warning don’t prevent the accident in the first place.
If you are one of those strange, well-moneyed souls who enjoys modifying supercars, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to tuning outlets. Throw a fat wad of bills at Hamann, Underground Racing, Liberty Walk, Mansory, or Novitec Rosso, and your Ferrari or Lamborghini will emerge with acres of extra bodywork, a flashy wrap, a deafening exhaust, and heap of extra horsepower. Now, a new tuning firm is on the scene, offering a carbon fiber re-skin of the Ferrari F12.
Called the Bengala F12 Caballeria, it’s the newest creation of the eponymous Spain-based tuning house Bengala. Details are scant, but according to a report from Autocar, the Caballeria is essentially a re-skin of the regular F12.
Per Autocar, each body panel is redesigned in carbon fiber, inspired in part by Ferrari’s GT3-series cars, like the new 488 GT3. Again, [...]